Cricket Betting Tips, Match Prediction and Preview of Pakistan v New Zealand 2nd Test

Pakistan's Babar Azam (L) celebrates with Sarfraz Ahmed after reaching a half century
Pakistan's Babar Azam (L) celebrates with Sarfraz Ahmed after reaching a half century
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Whenever a team comes from behind to win a game of cricket, their confidence multiplies several folds and same would be the case with New Zealand as they take on Pakistan in the 2nd Test match in Dubai.

Pakistan would be fuming with themselves for gifting the first Test to the visitors after they suffered an extraordinary collapse in Abu Dhabi. On the whole, Pakistan remain a better unit in the conditions of UAE.

Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez will continue to open the innings for Pakistan. However, many believe that Hafeez is better off in the middle order and should swap his batting position with Azhar Ali. Ali along with Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed would be the other men in the batting line up.

With the ball, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas will lead the attack. Both Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali picked up fifers in the last match and would be he high on confidence on the individual front.

For New Zealand, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham will form the first line of attack. Williamson showed once again with a half-century in the first Test that he is a batsman of the highest order. The team would expect a big ton from his blade.

The New Zealand bowling would be heavily reliant on Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult and Ajaz Patel. It was Patel who turned the first Test on its head after picking up a fifer on debut.

 

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.

 

New Zealand- Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

Pakistan- Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (c)(wk), Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Pakistan

Head to Head – Tests 56, New Zealand 11, Pakistan 24, Draw 21

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Babar Azam (Pakistan), Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan), Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Most Fours – Imam-ul-Haq (Pakistan), Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Team Scores Batting First at the end of Day 1 – 

Pakistan 250+ for 4, New Zealand 240+ for 5

*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.

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